Our hormones are responsible for regulating many different functions in our bodies. They play a crucial role in maintaining the proper functioning of many systems in the body, and imbalances or deficiencies in hormone levels can lead to various medical conditions and symptoms. Bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to the hormones naturally produced in the human body. They are often used as a form of hormone replacement therapy to address hormonal imbalances from menopause or other medical conditions. Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are derived from natural sources such as soy or yam and are formulated to match the molecular structure of the hormones produced in the body.
With FCP Dermatology’s balancing and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, we can restore hormonal balance to relieve symptoms associated with aging and more importantly prevent the occurrence of common disease, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy includes advanced hormone panel testing and an in-depth consultation where we review your results and develop a tailored treatment plan to ensure optimization.
Progrestone is secreted by the ovaries, but ceases production at menopause. Progesterone protects against uterine and breast cancers, osteoporosis, fibrocystic disease and ovarian cysts. Bioidentical progesterone can dramatically decrease pre and post menopausal symptoms, including insomnia.
Thyroid Hormone is a metabolic hormone secreted by the thyroid gland that regulates temperature, metabolism and cerebral function. It contributes to energy levels, hair growth, weight, temperature regulation and body warmth. It increases fat breakdown, resulting in weight loss as well as lower cholesterol. It protects against cardiovascular disease and improves cerebral metabolism.
Estrogen is secreted by the ovaries, which cease production at menopause. Estrogen protects against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s Disease and memory disorders. It protects against vaginal atrophy, urinary incontinence, and prevents symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes. Estrogen deficiency results in urogenital atrophy, incontinence, sagging skin, increased skin wrinkles, increased fatigue, depression, mood swings and decreased libido.
DHEA is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands. This hormone is a precursor to other sex hormones. It reduces cardiovascular risk by increasing lipolysis or breakdown of fat. It also stimulates the immune system, restores sexual vitality, improves mood, decreases cholesterol and body fat. Recent studies point to DHEA as an anti-stress hormone, reversing the effects of stress on the immune system.
Improved well-being and mood, improved energy, increased strength and endurance, improved bone density, improved sexual function. Decreases visceral fat, increases muscle mass which maintains metabolism, and prevents diabetes and heart disease.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) offers women a range of benefits, including relief from menopause symptoms and improved bone health. BHRT has been found to effectively alleviate bothersome menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, and weight gain. By restoring hormone levels to a more balanced state, BHRT can provide women with much-needed relief and enhance their overall well-being during this transitional phase.
Moreover, BHRT plays a vital role in improving bone health, particularly in menopausal women. As estrogen levels decline during menopause, the risk of developing osteoporosis increases. BHRT can help address this concern by enhancing bone density and reducing the likelihood of osteoporosis. By supplementing with bioidentical hormones, women will strengthen their bones, minimize the risk of fractures, and maintain better overall skeletal health.
Women who are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance may be good candidates for bioidentical hormone therapy. Some common symptoms of hormone imbalance include:
During your consultation: An analysis of your hormones is performed to understand a baseline of your current hormone profiling. Your blood panels and chart will be reviewed with Dr. Bailey. We will create a customized Hormone Replacement Therapy protocol for you that factors not only lab work and test results, but your goals and associated symptoms.
After your consultation: After your consultation, you will be introduced to a private pharmacy coordinator and pharmacist. They will be available to facilitate your needs and coordinate drop-shipping of hormone protocol medications at no additional cost. Comprehensive blood work is managed throughout the year with 6 blood panels. We will ensure values are within optimal ranges and you are continuing to feel the therapeutic benefits of your customized therapy. We monitor your prescriptions and make recommendations in accord with your body’s evolving health data.
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Dr. Kristy Bailey is a Double Board-Certified Dermatologist and Medical Director and Founder of FCP Dermatology. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology and is recognized as an expert in cosmetic injectables and minimally invasive procedures.
Her vision was for a world-class facility where patients can feel safe, comfortable, and pampered. A little oasis in the busy financial district, where everyone leaves looking more rested and youthful.
We offer a wide range of Dermatology treatments
We offer over 40 different dermatology and skin care treatments including; Botox, filler, facials, peels, body rejuvenation, face lifts, brow lifts, mole removal, wart removal, laser hair removal, dermal fillers, skin boosters, Radiesse filler, Sculptra, Belkyra Deoxycholic Acid, PRP treatment, botox for hyperhidrosis, Sclerotherapy for spider veins, hydrafacials, medical microneedling, carbon peels, vampire facials, green peels, skin tightening, melasma treatments, hyperpigmentation treatments, skin resurfacing and much more.
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There are hundreds of nerves and arteries in your face and only a Board-Certified Dermatologist should be trusted to inject it.
At FCP Dermatology, all of our injections are performed by our Double-Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Kristy Bailey, MD, FRCPC, DABD.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions About Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormone treatment (BHRT) involves the use of hormones that are structurally identical to the hormones naturally produced by the human body. These hormones, derived from plant sources, are compounded to match an individual's specific hormonal needs.
The length of time an individual should take bioidentical hormones depends on several factors, such as age, medical history, hormone levels, and the specific hormones being treated. In general, bioidentical hormone therapy is used for a limited period of time to restore hormone levels, and the treatment varies from patient to patient.
For menopausal women, BHRT may be used for several years to alleviate symptoms of menopause. BHRT may also be used for a shorter period of time to address other hormone-related conditions. Once hormone levels are restored, Dr. Bailey may gradually reduce the dosage of bioidentical hormones or discontinue the treatment. This decision is made on an individual basis, taking into account the patient's individual symptoms, hormone levels, and overall health.
Bioidentical hormone therapy is an elective treatment not covered by OHIP. Check with your private insurance provider for their bioidentical hormone drug coverage.
Although bioidentical hormones can be prescribed by medical doctors, not many physicians actually educate themselves on this area of medicine. It is important to note that most physicians have very little to no knowledge or experience in prescribing bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones is a specialized area of medicine, and very few physicians have completed advanced training in this area. Dr. Bailey has undergone extensive training with Dr. Neal Rouzier who is a pioneer in the bio-identical hormone replacement field, practicing almost since its inception. Dr. Bailey has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area of medicine and has become one of the elite physicians in Canada offering this program.
The main difference between bioidentical hormones and traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is that bioidentical hormones are derived from natural sources and are chemically identical to the hormones produced in the body, while traditional HRT uses synthetic hormones that are not identical to those produced in the body. Bioidentical hormone therapy is often customized to meet the specific needs of each individual patient, while traditional HRT typically involves standardized doses of synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones may have a lower risk of side effects compared to synthetic hormones, as they are identical to the hormones naturally produced in the body. Lastly, bioidentical hormone therapy is offered by specialized physicians, while traditional HRT is more widely available through general practitioners.
Depending on the hormones being administered, bioidentical hormones may be prescribed as a cream, pill, tablets, or injections. Dr. Bailey will thoroughly discuss all options and make a proper recommendation depending on several lifestyle factors and your blood test results.
BHRT is commonly used to address symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and sleep disturbances. It may also be beneficial for managing hormonal imbalances, improving bone density, and potentially reducing the risk of certain conditions such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
Most women associate hormones with menopause.
However, most women are unaware that premenopausal women might need hormones too. Over 20% of all premenopausal women have a hormonal disorder termed “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)”. The name is misleading because the defect does not lie in the ovaries. In fact, the ovaries are not to blame for this syndrome in spite of the name. BHRT can treat PCOS by:
- Treating insulin resistance
- Replacing progesterone
- Optimizing thyroid hormones
BHRT is generally considered safe when prescribed and monitored by a qualified healthcare professional. However, as with any medical treatment, there may be risks and potential side effects. It's crucial to discuss individual medical history, risks, benefits, and any concerns with a healthcare provider before starting BHRT.
BHRT is not suitable for everyone, and its indication depends on individual factors, such as age, medical history, current medications, and hormonal balance. It's essential to consult with a knowledgeable healthcare provider who can assess these factors and determine if BHRT is a suitable option.
The duration of BHRT treatment varies depending on individual needs. Some women may require short-term treatment to manage acute menopausal symptoms, while others may benefit from long-term hormonal support. Regular monitoring and reassessment with a healthcare provider are essential to determine the appropriate duration of treatment.
Like any hormone therapy, BHRT may have potential side effects. These can include breast tenderness, bloating, mood changes, acne, or changes in menstrual bleeding patterns. However, side effects can vary among individuals, and proper monitoring and adjustment of hormone dosages can often help minimize these effects.
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